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Parents never knew I went to Rockers' club

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

  • ABOVE: From left in 1966 are Dave Cooper, Carol Taylor, John Lloyd and Irene Edwards. BELOW: Dave Cooper's BSA A7

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IT was good to see the photograph of the West Bromwich Rockers and the Double Zero Club in The Bugle (June 5 edition), thanks Phil King.

I was also there that day, but I was hiding behind someone because my parents had no idea that I went to a Rockers' club in Digbeth on the back of my boyfriend's motorbike.

My best friend Irene is pictured on the photograph standing next to Phil. I met my 'Rocker' boyfriend at the Paramount Cafe next to the Wesley Chapel at West Bromwich.

This was a popular meeting place for West Bromwich Rockers before riding to the DZ club, then later back to the "Greeks" fish and chip shop at Carters Green.

The boys never caused trouble but black leather and motor cycles were always frowned upon and the police were always asking them to move the bikes to a side road.

The following year Dennis's cafe in Church Lane/Vicarage Road became a new meeting place and was much better as there was a car park outside.

Older bikers had moved on and new ones came along. A common sight in the 60's was a female pillion rider wearing a mini skirt and no crash helmet as it was usual for the lads to offer lifts to girls if they were passing by. I myself was often given a lift to the bus stop at Carters Green on my way to work. Health and Safety didn't exist then.

I enclose a photograph also from 1966, from left to right Dave Cooper, Carol Taylor (now Cooper), John Lloyd and Irene Edwards (now Slater), she also married an ex Rocker).

Carol Cooper,

6 Napier Drive, Tipton.

davcal.cooper@blueyonder.co.uk

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